Summer
Walks
The hotel is near Piazzale Monte Bianco, where the buses to Val Ferret and Val Veny stop; these two valleys are also starting points for walks, among the most beautiful ones you can find anywhere in the Alps.

Rifugio Giorgio Bertone (1996 m)
There are two itineraries that reach this mountain hut. The first follows the route of Tour du Mont Blanc, starting at the car-park near the bridge of Villair di Courmayeur, and follows a mule track through a larch forest (duration: 1 hour). The second one, with less altitude gain and not so steep, starts at Planpincieux, in Val Ferret, and follows a wide path with a view over the Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc (duration 1 hour and a half).
Rifugio Elena (2060 m)
From Arpnouva (1770 m) in Val Ferret, you follow the path that leads to the shelter. On the way up you have the most fantastic view over the Triolet and Pré de Bard glaciers (duration 1 hour).
Rifugio Walter Bonatti (2025 m)
The path starts from the site of Lavachey in Val Ferret and takes you through a thick forest of fir trees; it then opens onto a pasture from where you can actually see the mountain hut. From there you can enjoy a beautiful view of Mont Blanc (duration 1 hour).
Lake Miage (2016 m)
Following the road leading from Visaille, in Val Veny, to Lake Combal, you will find a narrow path, and an easy half hour's walk will take you up to the Miage glacial lake, which originated from a moraine barrage. The view is over the Miage serac (duration 1 hour and a half).
Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini (2195 m)
This mountain hut is at the foot of the Pyramides Calcaires near the Lex Blanche and Aiguille d'Estellette glaciers. The itinerary starts from Visaille towards Lake Combal, and part of it follows the same route as for Lake Combal. From Lake Combal you cross a bridge, then follow a dirt road and a mule track that lead you to the hut (duration 2 hours). Continuing, you can reach Col de la Seigne, right on the French border, with a further hour's walk.
Alpine Botanical Garden of Saussurea (2173 m)
This garden, on the glacial promontory of Mont Frety in the Mont Blanc massif, was founded in 1984 by Laurent Ferretti. The garden covers 7,000 square metres and is divided into two parts: the rock garden (where the flora is named after its area of origin: Valle d'Aosta, medicinal plants, Western Alps, North America and flora calcicola) and the natural mountain environment (alpine pasture, wetlands, talus slope, alder forest, rhododendron and blueberry shrub). The flowering period is usually at the end of July. You can reach the garden by taking the Mont Blanc cableway, which you can catch at La Palud; it will take you right through to Rifugio Pavillon. Alternatively, you may walk up to the garden through the woods and across the pasture, following the path that starts at La Palud just next to the cableway (duration: 1 hour and a half).
La Suche (1810 m)
Right above the centre of Courmayeur stands the Ermitage, from which you can follow a gentle path through the woods (duration 1 hour) that leads you to the mountain chalet, where there is a restaurant. It is also a stopover on Tour du Mont Blanc, and has a beautiful terrace from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the massif. On the opposite side of the valley you may get a glimpse of the chamois that live on the Grande Testa. There is a path leading from La Suche to Curru, from where you can also reach Col Sapin (2435 m) with an alternative itinerary of Tour du Mont Blanc. There is also an easier walk that leads you to the mountain chalets at Tirecorne (1950 m).
Trou des Romains (1650 m)
From Villair Superiore in Courmayeur you can follow the farm track that passes through Val Sapin to the village of Chapy (1614 m). Behind the chalets you will find a path that leads quickly to Trou des Romains, an ancient tin mine. The mine is a destination for cavers, but it is inadvisable for those who are not trained and who do not have the right equipment (duration: 1 hour and a half).